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New Grant Center makes applying for grants easier
We are pleased to announce the debut of the new Grant Center, formerly known as the grant application tool. The new site has a fresh look and better organization. The grant application includes clearly defined steps so it’s easier for you to track your progress. Learn more about grants and how to apply.
The Rotary Foundation ranked in list of top charities
CNBC has ranked The Rotary Foundation No. 3 in its annual list of Top 10 Charities Changing the World in 2016. The list includes some of the largest and highest-rated charities that help women, children, the poor, and the environment throughout the world, according to Charity Navigator, and that maintain high standards of financial health, accountability, and transparency of reporting. The Foundation was noted for connecting 1.2 million members from more than 200 geographic areas to tackle the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges, including projects that focus on disease prevention,...
Australian entrepreneur announces $1 million gift to Rotary
On Wednesday, over breakfast with the Rotary Club of Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australian entrepreneur and philanthropist Dick Smith announced a donation of AU$1 million to Rotary (about US$750,000), citing admiration of Rotary members for the time they devote to others. The Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) will administer the funds. “With 29,500 Rotarians in 1,100 clubs throughout Australia, we have an army of volunteers eager to assist those in need,” says Michael Perkins, RABS chair. “The impact of this donation will be felt throughout all of Australia, from the cities to the...
Convention: City of peace
Though Atlanta has seen its share of violence and inequity over time, today it brims with reminders that there is another way. Get inspired while you’re visiting for the 2017 Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. Take a short walk from the convention center to the Center for Civil and Human Rights. There, you can see the handwritten notes, speeches, and sermons of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., experience an interactive 1960s-era lunch counter “sit-in,” and learn more about persecuted groups all over the world. A streetcar will take you to the Martin Luther King Jr...
The Rotary Foundation ranked in list of top charities
CNBC has ranked The Rotary Foundation No. 3 in its annual list of Top 10 Charities Changing the World in 2016. The list includes some of the largest and highest-rated charities that help women, children, the poor, and the environment throughout the world, according to Charity Navigator, and that maintain high standards of financial health, accountability, and transparency of reporting. The Foundation was noted for connecting 1.2 million members from more than 200 geographic areas to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges, including projects that focus on disease prevention,...
 

April is Maternal and Child Health Month

It is time to get your Delegates registered for the greatest event in international affairs going on this year!

 
The purpose of the Rotary Model United Nations Assembly (or MUNA, pronounced 'mew-na') is to encourage young people to learn about other countries and to develop an understanding of the workings of the United Nations. Delegates will also develop debating skills, gain self-confidence in public speaking and leadership skills. In many cases, long term friendships are also made through MUNA.
 
Visit the MUNA 9820 page http://www.muna9820.org.au/ for all the information and forms.

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad.

 

Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision. For more than 110 years, Rotary members have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, we are always working to better our world, and we stay committed to the end.

Learn more about our structure.

Given that District Governor Lynne Westland has promoted the importance of Rotaract at the recent District Conference, it is time to share a Rotaract story. Rotaractors are an important part of District 9820.
 
From Rotary Voices Posted on March 13, 2017 By Emily Wood, Rotaract Club of South-West Brisbane

By Emily Wood, Rotaract Club of South-West Brisbane, Australia

I’ve been a member of Rotaract — Rotary’s community service and professional development program for young leaders age 18-30 — for ten years. As I age out or “graduate,” I’ve started thinking about what Rotaract has done for me and how it’s shaped who I am today. A decade is a long time to stick with something. So, why have I?

Opportunity. Through Rotaract, I’ve had the opportunity to do many amazing things:

  • I’ve traveled the world to experience different cultures and participate in projects.
  • I’ve lived and studied abroad as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.
  • I’ve attended four Rotary International Conventions (Montreal, Bangkok, Lisbon and Sydney) where I’ve heard from and connected with some truly impressive individuals who are making the world a better place.
  • I’ve attended RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award), a week-long personal and professional development program that helps you figure out what you want in life and equips you with the skills you need to achieve your goals.
  • I’ve received training in leadership, time management, project planning, event coordination, public speaking, governance, and much more.
  • I’ve served on local, national and international committees, helping shape the future of this great organisation.
  • I’ve been given free rein to develop and implement public relations, marketing and advertising campaigns for my club and district.
 
Supplied by PDG Jessie Harman, Project Lead, Regional Membership Plan. Zone 8 & 7B
No special software is required to participate in a webinar; you simply need to register via the link provided.
 
Using technology to strengthen Rotary: online meetings, e-clubs and other things Thursday, 27 April 2017, 5.00 pm (AEST) Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5922169015578240003
 
Telling our story: Communicating about Rotary in the community Wednesday 24 May 2017, 8.15 am (AEST) Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1455062179133675523
 
Trends in volunteering: Opportunities for membership and your club Monday 5 June 2017, 5.00 pm (AEST) Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4753329881136224258
 
For more information; contact Jessie Harman at j.harman@gmail.com

Research and our members' experiences have shown that when clubs have more freedom to decide how and when they hold their meetings, who they'll invite to become members, and what member engagement means, their ability to attract new members and keep current members motivated increases.

The 2016 Council on Legislation voted to give Rotary clubs more flexibility than they've ever had. The changes in policy affect when, where, and how clubs meet and the types of membership they offer.

Most people throwing Wellington gum boots at the same time!
                                    
Maffra Recreational Reserve, Gibney St Maffra, 30th April 2017 Throw-off at 12 noon precisely.
 
Rotary Club of Maffra will conduct a world record attempt for the most people throwing Wellington gum boots simultaneously. Guinness World Records have given their approval for this attempt.
 
The most people throwing Wellington gum boots simultaneously is 431, achieved by Burwell Village College Primary in Burwell, UK, on 1 July 2016. The Rotary Club of Maffra is aiming to beat this record with the help and participation of keen and interested community participants. While this is a lot of fun, it is also for a world record attempt. There are rules and there will be stringent documentation and recording of the event to satisfy the requirements for recognition of a world record.
 
A certificate of participation will be emailed to each thrower.
 
Bring your own gumboots or purchase a new pair at a greatly reduced price. There will be market stalls, food and entertainment for both young and old on the day. All the family is invited to join in the fun and throw a Wellington gum boot. Be part of history on this day by attending and participating.
 
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact PP Dianne Honey on 0413 569 954 or email rotaryclubmaffra@gmail.com  or log on to www.maffrarotary.org  (pre-registration is preferred)
 
Please be aware that this event is being photographed. Your image may appear in articles or GWB advertising.
 
Our district ROMAC child  Chriselda and her mum Belina flew home on Sunday 18th February back to Timor Leste. Two year old Chriselda had cardiac surgery on February
 6th at the Royal children’s Hospital. She recovered very well and enjoyed her stay in Melbourne having visited Healesville Sanctuary, Arthur’s seat and a visit to the Dandenong market.
The host family Elizabeth and Tim Jones did a fabulous job in looking after Chriselda and Belina. The hosts are non-Rotarians but were very keen to help Romac after losing their 4 year old 
son to a cardiac problem in 2015. Also a big thanks to the Rotary Club of Dandenong South East for being the sponsor Club. At the Club’s farewell meeting to Chriselda and
Belina, Elizabeth and Tim handed a cheque for $15,000 to ROMAC which was from their amazing fundraising efforts since the passing of their son.
 
Regards, Colin
 
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